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soup/salad spot open weekday evening in east 50s

eleguin Dec 8, 2009 04:32 AM

Hi all - I work on 53rd and 3rd and tonight I am meeting a friend for a quick bite tonight at around 7:30-8:00. I'm not looking for waiter service or anything, just a chill place to grab some soup, sandwich or salad. Something very simple like hale & hearty or pret a manger, but a lot of these places around me close early, like 7 or earlier. Can anyone suggest a similar type spot in the neighborhood?

Thanks so much!

  1. smokeandapancake Dec 8, 2009 05:59 AM

    Au Bon Pain?
    600 Lex at 51st

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      preppie foodie Dec 8, 2009 09:41 AM

      What about Financier on 54th and 1st? It is a branch of a French patisserie that is mostly downtown. Great croque monsieurs, hot/cold sandwiches, soups, salads, etc. There is a nice room in the back where there is wait service--its not immediately noticeable but tear yourself away from the amazing pastry case and its right there. Here is the lunch menu which I think is what they offer for dinner.


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      1. re: preppie foodie
        smokeandapancake Dec 8, 2009 09:56 AM

        thats a good one...just opened...there's also tal's right next door.

      2. Toot Dec 8, 2009 10:01 AM

        What about La Bonne Soupe (55th bet. 5th and 6th )? It is waiter service but it is inexpensive and the service is quite friendly.

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          mch Dec 8, 2009 10:20 AM

          i started to write la bonne soupe but then saw the no waiter service. if you are ok with a casual atmosphere with a waiter i highly suggest this place.

          1. re: mch
            eleguin Dec 8, 2009 11:32 AM

            La Bonne Soupe is actually one of my fave restaurants and I was just there last Friday. We don’t have time to go there tonight though. We might check out Financier or Au Bon Pain. Thanks for the suggestions!

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